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Support nursing students – Get the “Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe” posters!

A new series of posters “Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe” will benefit registered nursing students with partial proceeds going to the Registered Nurses Foundation of BC.

Printed on 100lb stock at a print shop in East Vancouver, these colourful designs feature Dr. Bonnie Henry’s three-part mantra.

Available for a limited time.

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It is National Nursing Week from May 11-17, 2020

Nursing Week is the annual celebration of the nursing profession and is held every May to coincide with the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.  Nursing Week 2020 marks the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday and the World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as the Year of Nurse and Midwife to honor her birthday.

The Registered Nurses Foundation of BC is proud to recognize the dedicated registered nurses and nurse practitioners who provide quality care for their patients, clients and long-term care residents.  From the bedside to the classroom and the boardroom, they make the world a healthier place.

We have nurses making a difference in our communities every day.  This is shining through during the pandemic.  This will continue to be true long after the pandemic subsides.  Thank you to all nurses for the differences you make.

So in this the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, thank you to all including our nurses themselves who support their fellow nurses and the future of nursing alongside the Registered Nurses Foundation of BC.

 

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Government Support for our Nursing Students

Main elements of BC Government support for post-secondary students, including nursing students, is described below for your easy reference:

>1.  The nurses education bursary….https://studentaidbc.ca/explore/grants-scholarships/nurses-education-bursary

  • This program provides up to $1 million in bursary funding, awarded each year to qualified nursing applicants who demonstrate the greatest financial need.
  • You may be eligible if you are enrolled in a full-time nursing program of at least 4 months in length at a designated post-secondary institution that leads to a Certificate, Diploma or Degree recognized for practice in B.C.
  • There is no need to apply for this bursary. You will be automatically assessed when you apply for a student loan.

>>2.  Starting March 30, 2020, B.C. student loan payments are automatically frozen for six months.

>>3.  Province boosts emergency funding supports for students:

  • B.C. has announced a one-time, $3.5-million investment in emergency financial help for post-secondary students struggling due to the COVID-19 outbreak. “students attending any of the 25 public post-secondary institutions in the province are eligible for the new funding, which is being added to regular annual emergency funds. The money is designated for students facing an unexpected emergency which affects their ability to finish their studies.”

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020AEST0018-000615

 

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Heartfelt Gratitude From Our President

Fiona Karmali

 

I would like to take a moment to share a short message of gratitude to all nurses during these stressful times. Situations like this underline the incredible work you do every day.

You ARE true heroes in our communities. You are making what could be people’s worst days better with your care, leadership, and dedication to helping others. Thank you!

You inspire us in your care of our loved ones and our neighbours. Thank you!

From the bottom of our hearts and the top of our minds, thank you on behalf of the Registered Nurses Foundation of BC.

In the meantime, let’s all do our part to help flatten the curve with regular and recommended infection prevention methods.

Please access trusted Covid19 information like the ones listed below.

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19
https://covid19.thrive.health/
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support

Stay safe and stay strong as we all get through this together.

Sincerest thanks,
Fiona

President
on behalf of the Volunteer Board of Directors
Registered Nurses Foundation of BC

Bursary applications: https://rnfbc.ca/bursaries/

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A picture says a thousand words!

Thank you to all our “Supernurses”!!!  You are our heroes!

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We so appreciate all our health care and essential services workers!!!

We shout, cheer & clap and bang our pots because you are an amazing, dedicated group of human beings we are so proud to call “our peeps”…..thank you, thank you…

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Agnes M. Publicover Bursary

Administered through the Vancouver Foundation, RNFBC been chosen as the beneficiary starting 2020. Born in Scotland in 1915 and passed away in 2014, Mrs. Publicover valued her extensive circle of family and friends. Although not a nurse herself, she also had an immense respect for the nursing community and the costs associated with nursing education. She was a strong supporter of many worthy organizations in her community such as St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Art Gallery and especially the YWCA and RNFBC is so pleased to be included in that list.  Thank you to the Vancouver Foundation for continuing their support of nursing education in BC.

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Bang Those Pots!

Bang those pots in appreciation of our amazing health care and essential service workers!

The Vancouver West Enders community group is inviting the entire city to join them from their balconies and windows to show their gratitude for the healthcare workers on the front lines of fighting COVID-19, as well as all the essential workers who are putting themselves at risk so Vancouverites can have access to food, transportation and other vital services.

So, honk your horn, bang a pot, sing a song, applaud or yell tonight and every night at 7 p.m. to show you care. It’s an easy gesture and, since most people are all home self-isolating or in quarantine, it doesn’t take a lot of effort and the kids will love it.

Make sure to spread the word to friends and family and make some noise at 7 p.m.

Share photos and videos on social media using the hashtags #TogetherWeCanDoIt and #Cheer4HealthWorkers.

Original article credit: vancourier.com

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RNFBC at the 2019 Scotiabank Charity Walk/Run

A huge thank you to our stalwart team of board members fundraising for RNFBC at the 2019 Scotiabank Charity Walk/Run. This stellar advance team will help RNFBC expand its presence at next year’s event. Contact us to get involved in the fun at the next walk/run. More information to follow.

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Our First Scotiabank Walk/Run Charity Challenge 5K

Come and join RNFBC board members and friends at this fun event. We know that nursing care and leadership touches all our family, friends, and neighbours throughout our lives.  Add your support for registered nursing education and excellence as a participant and/or donor.

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